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RPF rescues 669 minor children in 2018


Maligaon, January 12, 2019: Railway Protection Force (RPF) of NF Railway successfully rescued as many as 669 minor boys and girls from railway premises like stations/trains during the period from January to December, 2018 before the children could be lured by anti-social elements. 9 human traffickers were also arrested red handed who were transporting minor girls in trains.

In one such case on 17.12.2018, acting on information regarding runaway of five minor boys from their home in Dimapur and travelling by train, Crime Prevention and Detection Squad (CPDS) team comprising Head Constable / Bikram Bose and Constable / A.K. Singh checked train No. 14055 Brahmaputa Mail and detected three of the above minor boys. Further, as per the information provided by the rescued boys, search was conducted in train No. 12067 UP Jansatabdi Express on 18.12.2018 by Inspector RPF / Nayeem Uddin and staff of Lumding Post at Lumding railway station and detected the two other minor boys. All the boys are from Rangapahar Crossing Gate No. 1 area, PO & PS: Dimapur, Nagaland. Parents of the rescued boys were informed over phone and subsequently, they were handed over to their respective parents after proper identification.

In another such case on 01.01.2019, at about 10.30 hrs, Asst. Sub Inspector / S. N. Singh, Lady Head Constable / Sujata Das & Lady Constable / S. Pandey of RPF Post, Katihar (East), while checking at Katihar railway station, rescued one missing minor boy at platform No. 1. The boy had gone missing at Katihar station while travelling in train No. 15904 (Chandigarh Express) along with his parents. Announcement was made through PA system and his parents turned up. Later on, the rescued boy was handed over to his parents after proper identification.

It may be mentioned here that RPF has been successfully rescuing run away child as well as child from the clutch of traffickers regularly along with arrest of traffickers. Rescued children are normally handed over to their parents or various NGOs like Child Line. Various squads of RPF are regularly conducting checks at railway premises to prevent such cases. It is known that gang of traffickers are very much active in this region to take children and women away to other parts of the country.  The arrested traffickers are being handed over to GRP for appropriate action under law.

Walk in interview for Analytical Trainee


Agartala, January 12, 2019: Rubber Research Institute of India (RRII) proposes to engage ‘Analytical Trainees’ in its Agronomy/Soils Division at Kottayam on a consolidated remuneration, through a walk-in-interview. Candidates must hold a first class Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry. 

Age should not exceed 30 years as on January 1 2019.  Interested candidates may report before Director of Research, Rubber Research Institute of India, Rubber Board, Kottayam - 9, at 10 am on January 23 2019, along with their original certificates in proof of age, qualification and experience.  For details visit  Phone: 0481 2353311.

Police returns NESO delegation from Madhav Bari


Agartala, January 11, 2019: Top leaders of NESO (Northeast Students Organisation) failed to visit Madhav Bari, the flash point of recent violence in the state, on Friday after police prevented them well ahead of incident spot. AASU Advisor Samujjal Bhattacharjee and a few other NESO leaders arrived here to assess the situation after security forces opened fire on protestors enforcing 12 hour strike against Citizenship (Amendment) Bill that already passed in Lok Sabha.

“An undeclared emergency situation is prevailing in the state. We vehemently condemn the firing at Madhav Bari that left several people wounded”, Bhattacharjee told newsmen.

NESO leaders claimed security men opened fire without obtaining order from the Executive Magistrate. This is complete violation of law.

They demanded immediate withdrawal of cases registered against the protestors. The leaders said they will continue supporting the Twipra Students Federation (TSF), a NESO constituent which had called the strike in Tripura, in its strive to protect rights and identity of indigenous people.

Internet suspension continues in Tripura


Agartala, January 10, 2019: Internet and cellular services shut down in Tripura to continue for another 48 hours. State government took the decision after reviewing security situation of the state in aftermath of violence at Madhav Bari near here on Wednesday.

17 people were injured including six sustaining bullet shots. Services will now be restored on Saturday evening.

The suspension of internet was precautionary to prevent spread of rumours and tension over the violent incidents during a protest by tribal activists enforcing 12 hour strike against Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.

Myanmar national arrested on drug peddling charge


Agartala, January 10, 2019: Police arrested a Burmese national involved in drug peddling in the state. The detention occurred at Damchara in north Tripura.

The man has been identified as Mongolian Thanga. During search police team headed by officer Amal Debbarma recovered Heroin weighing 233gm

Police booked the detainee under Passport and Narcotics acts.

Tribal parties demand judicial probe into violence


Agartala, January 10, 2019: Tribal based regional parties have demanded judicial probe into violent incidents at Madhav Bari in Jirania on Tuesday that left security forces to open fire on protestors enforcing 12 hour strike against Citizenship (Amendment) Bill. IPFT, INPT and students group TSF all came out with strong condemnation against what they called ‘unproved firing’.

Total 17 people were wounded, including six sustaining bullet shots, in the day long violence. Police are tightlipped to confirm firing and subsequent injuries due to firing.

“We have only lobbed tear gas shells and resorted to baton charge. We have not opened fire”, claimed a police official on Thursday.

But doctors in GB Hospital confirmed that they have received six patients with bullet wounds. One of them has been taken to Kolkata after his condition deteriorated.

Significantly IPFT, coalition partner of BJP, has condemned the police firing. “We demand action against erring security officers and personnel”, IPFT leader and forest minister Mebar Kumar Jamatia expressed ire at a news conference.

He added that truth will come out if a judicial probe under sitting High Court Judge is ordered. Jamatia reiterated party’s stiff opposition to Citizenship (Amendment) Bill that was passed in Lok Sabha.

Tripura government as a precautionary measure ordered snapping of internet services for 48 years. No fresh incident of violence reported from anywhere in the state.

Meanwhile Tripura Human Rights Organisation (THRO) condemned firing on unarmed protestors at Madhav Bari. It also condemned burning of shops by protestors in nearby markets.

EM stresses Mahatma Gandhi’s model education


Agartala, January 8, 2019: Ratan Lal Nath, Higher Education Minister, has stressed on the aspects of “Basic Education for all” of Mahatma Gandhi, which is based on the intellectual, physical, societal and spiritual curriculum that integrates learning with hands on practice.

Nath  was delivering his speech as the Chief Guest of the inaugural Function of the 21 Days Refresher Course titled “Naitalim: Gandhi’s Vision of Education and Present Scenario – Advanced Teaching and Research Methods” for Faculty in Universities / Colleges / Institutes organized by the Faculty Development Centre, Tripura University.

The Refresher Course which began today and will conclude on January 28 is being organized under the scheme of Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya National Mission on Teachers and Teaching (PMMMNMTT), Ministry of Human Resource Development, Department of Higher Education, Government of India.  A total of 62 participants are attending the programme out of 77 selected participants from different parts of the country.

The inaugural programme was presided over by Professor V.L. Dharurkar, Honorable Vice Chancellor, Tripura University.

AGP ends tie with BJP, quits Assam Govt


Guwahati, January 7, 2019: In a very serious political development with far reaching consequences, Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) has on Monday snapped ties with the BJP over Citizenship Bill which is likely to be introduced in current session of Parliament. The decision preceded a meeting between Home Minister Rajnath Singh and senior leaders of the regional party at New Delhi.

Singh turned down request of AGP delegation to refrain from introducing the bill. Prime Minister Modi has already announced commitment to get the bill passed in Lok Sabha.

AGP President told journalists they have decided to part ways with the BJP in Assam.

Former Chief Minister Prfulla Kumar Mahanta and AGP leader earlier opined that they will end alliance with BJP and quit the government.

AGP Ministers in Assam Atul Bora, Keshab Mahanta and Phani Bhusan Choudhury will tender their resignations tomorrow.

AGP leaders who have been appointed as Chairman's of state run corporations will also quit.

Mark Tully to grace Agartala Book Fair


 Agartala, January 7, 2019: World famed journalist and author Padma Shree Mark Tully would grace inauguration ceremony of 37th Agartala Book Fair to be held in February. Dr Dipu Moni, who has been made Education Minister in Sheikh Hasina Government in Bangladesh on Monday, would also attend the ceremony as Special Guest.

The Book Fair would get underway on February 15 and to continue till February 26. The meeting of Steering Committee on the fair has chalked out elaborate schedules for the programme.

The meeting was chaired by Deputy Chief Minister Jishnu Debbarman.

Invitation to 84 year old Mark Tully, British – Indian citizen, who worked for BBC Radio and Television whole of his career is an important decision of the Steering Committee.

BJP to oppose left sponsored strike


Agartala, January 7, 2019:  Ruling BJP in Tripura on Monday declared its stiff opposition to two day long strike called by left supported trade unions. The party said it would foil attempts to enforce the strike slated from Tuesday in the state.

State party General Secretary Pratima Bhowmik said the two day strike call has no real meaning and will not serve the working force in the society. “The life and business will not be affected in the strike”, she said at a press conference.

Meanwhile the state government has issued diktat to ensure normal functioning in government offices and education institutions. It warned action as per prescribed rules if any absence in services is noticed.